NBER Paper: Governance and Performance of Research Universities

USA“ABSTRACT: We investigate how university governance affects research output, measured by patenting and international university research rankings. For both European and US universities, we generate several measures of autonomy, governance, and competition for research funding. We show that university autonomy and competition are positively correlated with university output, both among European countries and among US public universities. We then identity a (political) source of exogenous shocks to funding of US universities. We demonstrate that, when a state’s universities receive a positive funding shock, they produce more patents if they are more autonomous and face more competition …” (more)

[Liam Delaney, Geary Behavioural Research Blog, 14 August]

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